Prenatal Vitamins Not Just for Women, Men’s Health Affects Conception Too

Prenatal Vitamins Not Just for Women, Men’s Health Affects Conception Too

New research suggests that women aren’t the only ones who should alter their diets for better chances at conceiving—men who lack B9 (folate) vitamins were found to have lower chances of sperm-to-egg connection. Additionally, researchers at McGill University found that men with B9 vitamin deficiencies also have an increased chance of producing a baby with birth defects. Looks like women aren’t the only ones who need prenatal vitamins while trying to conceive!

Folate is naturally found in green leafy vegetables, fruits, meat, and cereal grains. Folic acid is said to reduce the chance of a miscarriage or birth defects in babies, which is why women generally take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy.

Women typically focus intensely on their bodies while trying to get pregnant; they keep fertility calendars, take prenatal vitamins, and sometimes abstain from drinking alcohol. There’s no shortage of advice for a woman trying to get pregnant, and with this new study’s findings, men should not ignore their own diet and lifestyle choices.

Couples can make the healthy diet switches together to make the acclimation easier. Sharing the same goal—conceiving—can make quitting fast food and eating more kale less stressful. If you’re planning on a baby right now, include your partner in your weekly workouts or try your hand at new recipes that feature ingredients high in folic acid. You can take turns throughout the week trying new kitchen creations.

Hey, maybe you can get him to try prenatal vitamins too!

Do you have any tips for adding folic acid into a diet? Let us know in the comments.



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